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What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga)

What have you been watching and reading this week? You don't need to give us a whole essay if you don't want to, but please write something! Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its pages on Anilist, MAL, or any other database you use!

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  1. cardigan
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    Now that I've finally gotten a physical copy, I've been reading the first and so far only printed volume of the web manga 光が死んだ夏 (The Summer Hikaru Died). I don't know much about manga and even...

    Now that I've finally gotten a physical copy, I've been reading the first and so far only printed volume of the web manga 光が死んだ夏 (The Summer Hikaru Died). I don't know much about manga and even less about BL, but I really like what I've read of this one. I'm not reading it in English, so I'll try to get the terms across to the best of my ability. All of what I write below happens in the first two chapters and is summarized on the back flap of the book, so I wouldn't consider it a spoiler.

    The setup goes something like this: Yoshiki and Hikaru have been friends since childhood. They've both spent their whole lives in a backwater town in the Kansai region. Yoshiki has feelings for Hikaru that he's never expressed, which become all the more intense once Hikaru goes missing in the mountains for a week and a half. When Hikaru does miraculously return, Yoshiki's keen enough to notice that what came back from the mountains isn't Hikaru. He doesn't speak with quite the same intonation and though he has all of Hikaru's memories, something's just off about him. Yoshiki calls this new Hikaru "the Something" (ナニカ) and starts making an interesting distinction between Hikaru his friend (written 光) and Hikaru the Something (written ヒカル). He confronts him about this and gets the "other" Hikaru to admit that he's actually a monster who's inhabiting Hikaru's body, one the locals call the Mind Stealer (脳裏抜け). Even though he claims that Hikaru was already dead when he took over his body, the Something still threatens to kill Yoshiki if he reveals the secret. Turns out the Something desperately longs to be human. Yoshiki finds that he's still in love with Hikaru the Something; what's worse, the Something intimates that the real Hikaru was in love with him. That's where things pick up.

    What first drew me in was seeing the cover of the first volume. The art really succeeds at depicting Hikaru in such a way that's just a little bit creepy without going over the top. Lest my convoluted explanation throw someone off, I want to emphasize that the overall feel of the series is a sort of vulnerable and unsettling yearning, nailing both the BL and horror aspects. I'm not at all surprised that it's started winning awards. The second volume doesn't come out until October, so I'm trying to pace myself -- but I'm loving it.

    My language chops aren't great, but there's one thing I should mention in case anyone's going to try and read it in Japanese: get ready for extensive Kansai-ben. Though I can plod along through most things, I'm unused to works where every character is from Kansai, so there have been two or three places where I just had to move on because I couldn't parse what someone was saying. Unfortunately, it's usually Hikaru.

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  2. asterisk
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    Btw, Isekai Ojisan got another hiatus, heh.

    Btw, Isekai Ojisan got another hiatus, heh.

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